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Founders Breakfast Stout | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Breakfast StoutFounders Breakfast Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Availability: Sep - Dec

Brewed with flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee.

60 IBU

Added by marburg on 07-26-2003

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Photo of Goliath
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque with a large inch and a half mocha colored head. Excellent retention and some nice lacing as well.

The aroma is excellent. Loads of bitter black chocolate are the highlight, with a nice dose of chocolate in the background.

The taste is very nice. Again, big black coffee note up front with a slightly bitter finish. A load of dark chocolate comes through on the back end. Slightly milky as well.

Mouthfeel is just shy of full bodied. It's fairly creamy, and has relatively low levels of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. It's great tasting, and very drinkable for just over 8%. Always happy to revisit this one.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can only imagine what this beer is like fresh. Because as it is this brew is rocking my world. Dark as a blackhole. I held a candle up to the pint glass and cannot even get the slightest shimmer through the beer. Thick black, creamy head on top. The glass was coated in lace that slowly oozed into a stringiness. Nose is loaded with dark chocolates, burnt malts and coffee.

Flavor is not so much complex as an intense wallop of coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee flavor is similar to when the pot is left a bit too long on the burner and the beer sours and bitters. Not too bad, but enough to notice. Also, if it is possible, I swear that in addition to the dark chocolate there is also a bit of white chocolate dribbled in the flavor. Not much in the way of any hops. Maybe a bit towards the end but I think I have that confused with the bitterness from the coffee and chocolate. Heavy and thick body that just clings to the cheeks like a nice dark roast. Quite relaxing and soothing too. Extremely smooth drinking, but just make sure you don't mind the taste of coffee in your beer.

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Photo of nectar14
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle. Funny picture on it.

A: Wow, this is opaque and thick on the pour, generating a 2 finger dark tan head.

S: Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee... lots of it.

T: Big and bold, but not out of balance. Bitter chocolate, coffee, booze, and some sharp roasted barley. Finishes with a good bitterness, mostly from chocolate.

M: Smooth and viscous. Might get some of this from the oatmeal. Carbonation is nice; not too high.

D: Well, this is pretty drinkable for a beer its size. Whaddya expect? You're not going to be pounding these. This is a sipper. I sipped it slow while building some shelves... opened it after I'd finished with the power tools, which was good because the alcohol may make you a teeny bit silly.

Very enjoyable. Glad I transported these back after my latest Midwest trip.

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Photo of bobhits
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2 finger head, caramel toffee cream colored, pitch black other wise. Ok it's lovely.

The coffee stink it the first thing i noticed in this beer (stink in a nice way lol). Actually, it's espresso strong. Oddly I've never noticed this before as I've had this beer 3-4 times before. Thank you Delirium glass! Some malt and maybe some roasted coco in there as well?

Finishes with the coffee flavor. Burnt malt opens this beer. There's a touch of coco but hardly anything strong here. A touch cool we'll let this bad boy warm. Room temp now and to be honest it's just sweeter and perhaps not as good. The chocolate might be more pronounced but the coffee/espresso flavor is far less impressive. Drink under 65 degrees I think is the rule here, not to say you should have this nearly frozen like a macro!

This is a thick stout but FAR FAR from a monster stout expectation. Truly amazing how drinkable this is.

The mouth is great. Silky, thin for a stout, but thick otherwise. Carbonation is still here, but not over powering. A truly DRINKABLE sipper.

OK this isn't a top 10 beer (are you kidding me?) but it's amazing stuff and at 10 for a 4 pack it might be a top 10 value beer. Beyond worthy of a try.

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Photo of blitz134
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF from feloniousmonk...thanks again...

I think the room got darker when I poured this beer out. So...body is the color of burnt motor oil. Head was about 1/2" thick on the pour: dark chocolate milk in color. Slowly reduced to a think bubble layer.

Aroma is semi sweet chocolate with strong overtones of alcohol. A nice concotion of dark coffee with some toffee, fudge flavors swirled in. Alcohol is a bit stronger than expected but offers some additional complexity with the dark fruit aromas which I usually associated with higher abv stouts.

A near-perfect blend of all of the components which went into it. Individual flavors associated with chocolate can be picked up initially. Then a dark coffee comes through. The oatmeal is present in the "dryer" taste which works to meld the chocolate and coffee together. Also has a bit of a lactic/milk characteristic which gives it an overall sweetness. The only complaint I have is the alcohol strength which I find a bit astringent and reduces how smooth this beer can be.

Mouthfeel is oily, creamy, and silky on the tongue. Unlike any other beer I have had. This is the definition of full bodied.

Drinkability is brought down due to the alcohol. I generally don't mind strong brews and an alcohol presence, but I feel it is a little overdone in this case and almost astringent at some points.

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Photo of toodles808
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Batch... Picked up a few four zingers from total wine... This is one of my favorite seasonal releases, looking forward to making a dent in there 2012 batch.

A- Dark, Brown Thick... kaki/tan thin layer head that dissipates quickly.

S- Coffee, Espresso, Deep dark chocolate notes. hints of oatmeal and syrup sweetness in the far background.

T- Exactly what i remember. Deep coffee and espresso w/ dark chocolate notes infused. mighty fine stout. Deep intense flavor, no alc bite to speak of.

M -Smooth medium/heavy bodied. moderate carbonation... Carpet of refreshing silk on the tongue. outstanding

O- An outstanding stout, Founders definitely puts some excellent beers out... As the name implies I absolutely could drink this for breakfast, but im afraid coffee will need to suffice. The thing that i love with this beer is the mouth feel and deep intense flavor that works hand in hand.

Also compared this side by side to a bottle from last years batch that I aged a year over... Bitterness slightly dropped and sweetness shined through. An outstanding beer to cellar, will def be doing that exercise again.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this! Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Short pour, so not much head, some decent lacing though. Looks like coffee mixed with cherry coke. LOTS of roasted coffee on the nose. Burnt coffee grounds even. But in a good way. Light chocolate and some roasted malt. A light caramel sweetness is the first taste to hit my tongue and then a blast of lower cacao dark chocolate. Really rich roasty burnt toasty coffee. Flavor to spare. Mouthfeel is really thin for all the flavor and scent. Almost could knock out a whole 6 pack of this though I think. Dangerous! Great stuff.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I walked into the Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA for the first time not knowing whether I would be excited about any of their offerings. It didn't take long for me to find this one, just like it didn't take long for me to fall in love with the Lost Dog Cafe.

Pours an incredibly viscous, opaque black with a one-finger tan head that dissipates slightly but maintains a nice rim around the glass until the beer is finished. Leaves some lacing down the glass, but not a ton.

Smell is dominated by coffee, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla making themselves noticed. Nice smell.

Taste follows suit with the aroma, but the coffee dominates even a little bit more. HUGE notes of roast coffee linger throughout the tasting notes, with the same chocolate and caramel notes making themselves noticed. A slight hop spice also helps keep the flavor interesting. I have never had a stout with this level of coffee flavor. I enjoyed it, but think I need to have a couple more over the next couple nights to really decide whether it is something I would actively seek out again. I thought the strong coffee notes were actually a bit off putting at first, but they really grew on me the more and more I went through.

Amazing mouthfeel, creamy and viscous, with a perfect level of carbonation.

EDIT: Just had my second bottle of the four pack, and it has already begun to grow on me. Taste rating upped from a 3.5 to a 4.

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Photo of deathcab
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown, you couldn't see through this beer if you held it to a light...Not a big head even with an aggressive poor, but a good amount of lacing.

S: Coffe is the stand out smell, i tried to pick up some of the chocolate and i might have gotten some, but i thought it was hidden to well.

T: Woe, now i got the chocolate. Tuns of coffee as well. The taste of the coffee stays around even after the swallow...If you like coffee you'll love this beer.

M: Very, very heavy..almost feels as if you are drinking a very chocolatey hot chocolate.

D: Only down side to this wonderful beer. If you like heavy sipping beers you will enjoy this very much..If you like drinking a good amount of beers i wouldn't try this.

Another downside: The price is ridiculous..We're in a recession common!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date reading 09/13/2012, last year's fall release, about six months old chilling in the bottle. My first ever Founders Breakfast Stout, and excited to try it considering how well received this beer seems to be.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours the most greasy blackest motor oil looking beer I have ever seen. Thick and opaque, with the tiniest mocha colored foam struggling itself into existence and then fading away.

S - Deep dark chocolate, and dark roasted coffee beans. Not as impressive as I was hoping. Dark candied fruits, burnt brown sugar, and oats emerge as the beer begins to warm.

T - Bitter roasted coffee bean goodness, silky dark chocolate, vague buried hops. Smooth, creamy, and chocolatey. Perfectly balanced, highly drinkable, masks it's 8.30% abv deceptively well, this is a beer I could easily drink excessively.

M - Creamy, smooth, sweet, little bit of coffee bean bitterness. An all around pleasant beer.

Overall, a great beer from Founders, probably the best I have had from them yet, although I have had other stouts that blew me away more or just as much as this beer. I just very recently tried Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout, and I have to say I was more impressed with that one than I was with Founders Breakfast Stout. Definitely a beer I would have again, maybe a bit fresher next time. A must try beer, either way.

Founders Breakfast Stout ---4/5.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this extra off my wants list.

Pours a dark dark brown/black color with no light being able to penetrate, small head that fades fast and no lacing.

Smell is fairly complex but it's the coffee aspect that takes the lead, strong roasted presence.

Taste is a rush of coffee with a roasted bitter aftertaste, not as strong as the KBS since this beer has less of a burning in the mouth, chocolate is slightly noticeable but I would have preferred a bigger role.

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Photo of srv33
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark thick pour, color of dark chocolate. Same smell, strong chocolate with a hint of coffee. Taste is wonderfully balanced, multilayered. First hitting the tongue you taste light coffee which becomes stronger, revealing the dark chocolate notes, also malt and vanilla. Sits heavy on the tongue. Booziness reveals itself in the aftertaste, bringing with it a bit of cashew taste. Masterpiece of a beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

November 22, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Ink black, with light brown head and lacing. Very little head, low retention.

S – Chocolate and vanilla, bitter roasted chocolate malt. Some cinnamon notes, and some mild sweet molasses.

T – Bittersweet baking chocolate and strong vanilla. Bittering, roasted malt. No detectable hop flavor. Some sweet molasses here as well, and something reminiscent of French toast. Mild coffee component.

M – Very dry and a nice level of bitterness. Despite the low head, carbonation is moderately high.

O – Just a great example of the possibility of complimentary flavors for a stout. Goes great with sweet/savory breakfast items, French toast, cinnamon-apple muffins or scones, etc.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Deep, dark brown but basically black. Looks just like really old engine oil. Hardly any head to speak of and I poured this relatively sturdy. Very tiny tan cap for a head that subsides quickly but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Coffee and sugary sweetness that almost comes off as maple syrup. A bit of dark chocolate as it warms up a bit. Nice touch of alcohol in the aroma provides a little spice and heat.

T&M - Very strong dark roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate for sweetness. Alcohol is evident in a warming way and adds a nice bite. Great flavors going on this beer and it's quite complex. Robust, sweet, and lightly bitter all at the sae time. Thick mouthfeel which you'd expect from the engine oil-like appearance.

D - A great sipper for a rainy evening but I don't think I could do more than one due to the alcohol.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, creamy chocolate, oats and dark malts.

T: The taste is exactly what you would expect, creamy, malty and full of flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and toasted oats. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a touch of coffee & chocolate bitterness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice stout to relax with and drink a few.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for letting me know this was available at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls. Let me say that this was not a cheap beer. I paid $4.29 total for one 12 oz. bottle! That's much more than I am used to paying for a single 12 oz. bottle of American beer. I'm not sure it was worth it. Poured into a snifter. This beer is a very dark brown, opaque color. The tan colored head on mine was about 1/4 of an inch thick upon pouring. After 5 minutes or so it settled to a nice film layer sitting on the surface of my beer with a nice tan ring lining the inside of my snifter. Nice lacing too! Strong aromas of roasted cofffee beans with a hint of malt and dark chocolate. Tastes like black coffee with some sugar in it. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal are also present here. The chocolate notes come out more as the beer warms up. This beer really starts to warm you after a few sips, especially as the beer warms up a bit. These flavors are rounded out by a subtle trace of hops. Has a crisp, smooth, and medium bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable, especially as it warms up. I've never had a stout quite like this one before. A winner for sure, but the price is a bit of a turnoff. Because of this, it is not something I'd buy all the time. It was quite good, but I am not sure if it is as good as it is hyped up to be.

Eric

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Founder’s Breakfast Stout 8.3% abv

A: This beer has a great gentle coating to it with minimal lacing. It seems to impart the message that, “hey fellas, I will be here for a lil bit, don’t mind me,“ and then resigns itself to a deep cedar blackness, waiting to be beckoned. The oats in the stout gives it a great stickiness and foamy character without excessive carbonation.

S: The smell feels like a gentleman’s breakfast: initially you get some nice smoky notes from a bacon or charred grist if you are a yeoman farmer, then comes coffee with a great mild nature, it isn’t that jerk coffee from Surly, this is more understated. The coffee notes are like jokes on Arrested Development. Ultimately, the chocolate notes emerge and as your mouth forms a tight “o”, the Nickelodeon prophecy comes true: COFFEE, BACON, and CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST.

T: except you are an adult and you, hopefully, don’t drink this as your breakfast shake. If you do, don’t let me judge, alas I digress. This has an amazing silky mouthfeel with ::coughsatincough::: chocolate notes upfront nice and nice coffee notes to round it out.

M: There is a nice, albeit, mild sticky lacing with great coating and the oats give it this awesome maltiness that makes it a force to be trifled with. Get your trifle on, become trifling. But seriously, this aspect gives old KBS a serious run for his money if only for how pleasant it reclines and makes itself at home. The mouthfeel is like a Shins albums and a warm blanket wrapped around you. It is hella comfy.

D: Let’s just get right down to it. This beer has no abv present that I cant detect. Well, lets clarify, it has an incredible warming heat that is just refreshing as the day is long: LET’S CALL TODAY THE VERNAL EQUINOX. Did I mess the season up? Moving o-

Narrative: Those spelling bees weren’t gonna win themselves. Toshan Doshi knew this deep down. Somehow all those days on the road, the countless flashcards, the endless memorization of root words had taken a toll on his 11 year old, obviously Indian frame. Show after show, there he was, scoring some new obtuse study cards to drill into lines, take into his head and pass out fulfilled. He would wake up each morning feeling more empty than the last. Last night he went hard on some gladiolus and luxuriance and passed out shortly thereafter. But how long could he keep up with this hardcore lifestyle. His manager didn’t care for him, he just propped him up with more vocab lists every night. His publicist just wanted him to win win win. Ultimately old Toshan only had a single friend in this world, a teddy bear named- [deleted advanced 45 minutes] until he recovered his teddy [deleted, fast forward 34 minutes] until he realized he never needed the bear at all [deleted fast forward 14 minutes] and that’s how Toshan won the NATIONAL SPELLING BEE COMPLETELY ON HIS OWN.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at Oasis Micropub in Rockford; review from naotes on 5/5/2011.

poured into a mug by bartender.

Appearance: dark black with a tanish brown head. Thick and sticky lacing clings to glass.

Smell: Super fresh premium roasted coffee and oatmeal.

Taste: A nice rich and deep coffee note with dark chocolates and oatmeal blending so subtly with this beer. Mild bitterness imparted in the aftertaste from the coffee notes that carry through from beginning of taste through to the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, viscous, and chewy. Carbonation is on the low end of moderate. Excellent brew here that they pegged the mouthfeel!

Overall: Another fantasic stout from Founders, the high expectations from this brewery are kept intact with ease. No wonder KBS and CBS are such fantastic beers with a base beer like this!

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Photo of Brewmeist
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap to 12.oz snifter (Should have been a pint glass in my opinion, but i don't make the rules)

Probably one of my favorite beers ever. Pours to an opaque blackish color to a nice frothy dense head. Nice aroma, not to alcohol-like. Notes of java, and chocolate blended together in blissful harmony to create founders breakfast stout. You can never go wrong with one of these guys, will definitely purchase again and again.

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Photo of stabzmcgee
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is thick black and viscous legs with a thin halo of head. Aroma is that of coffee and cocoa. taste is at first coffee and papers. Warms up to taste like malts and oatmeal the name speaks of. Mouthfeel is oily and thick. Overall it OS a good beer but I wish I could get it straight from the tap or on cask.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Year old Breakfast Stout. Bought last year at Binny's in Chicago and been in my Denver cellar.

355 ML bottle into a wine glass

A-- Poured black, maybe a hint of red here or there. Looked fairly oily in the pour as well. Excellent looking head. Looks like a root beer float. Brown Sugar and mocha colored head. Good texture to the head. Settled to under a finger of head but left a huge ring of lacing on the side of the glass.

S-- Sweet smelling roasted coffee, brown sugar, rolled oats, and molasses. has the smell KBS has of old and cold cowboy coffee that was excellent, just no bourbon and oak. Closer to Speedway Stout but toned down.

T-- Oatmeal, molasses, and brown sugar. Highly carbonated and very tingly in the taste. Coffee is more apparent in the back of the mouth.

M-- Coffee comes out in the back and in the feel. Very large coffee taste in the back. Molasses, oatmeal and sugar front. Very carbonated and lively but smooths out and carbonation does drop some in the back. Finishes very oat dry like eating oatmeal out of the can. Could use a touch of vanilla.

O-- Honestly was not fond of this last year so left my last two in Denver. Age has helped this immensely. Far more rounded and has so much character it is crazy. No booze at all to this. Taste the ingredients and the balance between them all is excellent. I gave my other one away??

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Photo of beerad666
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the store about a month before Thanksgiving. Poured into an American pint glass. It pours a very dark dark dark brown, almost black but with those brown hints. The head, which there was very little was a dark tan color. The smell is very coffee with some very nice sweet notes you also get a nice mix of roasted malts. Overall the aroma is fabulous and very complex. The taste matches the aroma nicely. Lots of sweet coffee tastes up front, the carbonation hits your tongue very nicely and then you get a very clean chocolate taste. In the after taste the roasted malt flavors get you big time. Over all great taste, I almost wish the coffee was a little more, it might of helped the mouthful feel a little less sticky and more refreshing. Highly drinkable for it being 8.3% ABV.

The flavors come out more and more as the beer gets to room temperature

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Photo of EricCioe
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is thick and real dark. It pours and looks like spent motor oil. I consider that a positive.

The first thing I got on the nose was brussel sprouts. Really. It must be some peculiar combination of the oatmeal, chocolate, and coffee, combined with my own particular body chemistry. But it wasn't just the first whiff of the first one. It's been all the way to the bottom of both glasses I've had. It's shocking.

The taste is lots of oatmeal with a hint of coffee to me. I'm not getting much chocolate, so I'm guessing that it's one of those things like bass in a metal band, that you'd notice if it were gone, but can't point to it in particular.

The mouthfeel is huge, like a creamy soup. Love it.

It's not super boozy, but it feels like eating a meal. I could drink maybe two of these most nights.

Big fan of the beer, even with the bizarre nose, which seems to be something with me and not with the beer.

EDIT - After drinking a couple hundred brews between loving this one and not, I've found the coffee to be a little on the stale side. It's still a world-class stout, but after having this and Expedition on back to back nights, I had to shift around the ratings to reflect the change in my tastes.

EDIT 2 - Had 2010 and 2011 vintages at a Founders brunch in our tasting group. Both of them had a strange vegetal off flavor. I know, coffee beers have to be enjoyed fresh, but 6 months should not turn an otherwise good beer into a drainpour. I've tasted faded coffee before and this wasn't that.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 10/14/2011) into a snifter. Pours a deep black w/ a nice mocha head.

Aroma is roasted, almost burnt - coffee, molasses, bitter chocolate, dark malt.

Taste is smoothe, silky, roasty, chocolatey.

Overall, aside from the slight burnt aroma on the nose, this is a delicious chocolate stout.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

09 vintage, poured into a snifter to reveal dark espresso body and thick mocha head with nice staying power. Smells a lot and basically like a chocolate-covered espresso bean mocha milkshake... which is awesome.

Tastes thick and bitter, like Italian coffee, with serious roast and nib action on the tongue. Texture is a little rough and chewy with a nice up-front carbonation that flares up and dies. The flavors are so intense that I'd be tempted to let it sit a year and try it then, but as it is I would enjoy sipping one instead of the more traditional breakfast brew. It's some serious flavor, though, and I couldn't take more than a bottle.

Overall a formidable offering. Looking forward to having more Founders.

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Founders Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,662 ratings.